I love the creative process of melting glass rods and attaching the molten glass to the end of a blowpipe, blowing air through the pipe causing a small bubble to form inside and experiencing the transformation of that glass from the inside out, creating an object of beauty. The process is blowing life into something, to create a form. The transformation of the molten glass is what I love most about working with this medium. I find my inspiration for my forms from my natural surroundings, living on the Pacific Coast, pulling colors and forms from the ocean, the coastal vegetation and the forest.
Based in Pacific Grove, California, I have been refining my work as a glass jewelry artist over the past few years. Previously, I received a degree from San Jose State University in art, with a concentration in photography and taught photography at the high school level. Leaving the classroom I pursued a master’s degree in educational counseling and counseled high school students for the last 21 years of my career in education. Throughout those years I developed skills in various forms of creative art including the use of metals, enameling, and ceramics. My current focus is on blown glass as a medium to create my jewelry.